The Lyon County Riverboat Foundation is the non-profit license holder for the Grand Falls Casino near Larchwood. State law mandates a certain percentage of the casino’s gaming take has to go back to the community. The Lyon County Riverboat foundation is set up to give half of that money in grants to county government subdivisions and schools, and half in a competitive grant process to non-profit projects.
The second quarter 2013 non-competitive grants have just been announced. Lyon County public schools — Central Lyon, George/Little Rock, and West Lyon were each granted just over $42,500. That brings up their total to over $85,500 per school this year, and since the Riverboat Foundation started giving grants, each school has received just over $325,000.
Lyon County cities are given grants on factors that include their population. They ranged from $12,971 for Alvord to $15,562 for Rock Rapids this time around. That brings the total since the grants began to a low of just over $101,000 for Alvord to a high of over $121,000 for Rock Rapids.
Lyon County was given nearly $18,000 this time, bringing the total to over $140,000.
The Riverboat Foundation has now distributed nearly $2 million to cities, schools, and the county and another nearly $2 million in competitive grants to non-profit projects since they opened two years ago in June of 2011.